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"We don't see that this is possible with the IZH"

The party conference of the Hamburg Greens on Saturday dealt with the challenges of the current crises and the relationship with the Islamic Center Hamburg.

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"We don't see that this is possible with the IZH"

The party conference of the Hamburg Greens on Saturday dealt with the challenges of the current crises and the relationship with the Islamic Center Hamburg. “After more than two and a half years of the pandemic, after nine months of war against Ukraine, two months of protests in Iran, the energy crisis, inflation and the climate crisis that overshadowed everything, so many people are downright crisis-tired,” said Maryam Blumenthal, state chair. If the Greens have their way, at least part of the solution lies in the motto of their party congress: "Solidarity is the answer."

In her first speech to the Hamburg Greens, Federal Chairwoman Ricarda Lang advocated the expansion of renewable energies. These are not only climate protectors, but also a location advantage. "Good economic policy can only be good climate policy in 2022." With a view to the future, the party leader also advocated a speed limit. Lang, who was in Egypt at the world climate summit the day before, emphasized that climate protection is a human issue. "We don't protect the climate, the climate doesn't need us," she said. “What we protect are the people who want to live safely on this planet. Climate protection is nothing other than protecting humanity.”

At the party conference in the Wilhelmsburg community center there were two key motions from the state executive committee, which were discussed intensively. Under the title "Winter of Solidarity: Secure cohesion, oppose autocracies!" It should be made clear "that we as Greens are working massively to intercept the rising cost of living in Hamburg," said Vice President Leon Alam. "Absolutely top priority for us is that no one's heating or electricity is turned off this winter." The Russian war of aggression is also "an appeal to deal more intensively with our relations not only with Russia, but with autocratic regimes in general". As a port and trading city, Hamburg has a special responsibility here. The motion was accepted with a clear majority.

In addition, the Greens want to stake out their positions before the upcoming evaluation of the state treaties between the city of Hamburg and the Islamic communities. It is clear that the Islamic Center Hamburg (IZH) should no longer play a role, said State Chairwoman Blumenthal. The IZH is “an outpost of the regime in Tehran that is bound by instructions”. Not only since the bloody crackdown on the protests in Iran has it been clear that the center cannot be a contractual partner. She hopes that the Council of Islamic Communities (Shura), as the city's contractual partner, will exclude the IZH.

At the same time, however, the positive results of the state treaties – beyond the IZH – must also be taken into account in the evaluation. "It must also be our goal as a city that we continue to want a Shiite community within Hamburg, but one that is expressly and unmistakably linked to the fundamental values ​​of our society," said Blumenthal. "But we don't see that this is possible with the IZH." The motion was hotly debated, but with a few dissenting votes and abstentions it was accepted with a large majority.

It got emotional when Hamburg's Senator for Justice Anna Gallina, close to tears, spoke about her party friend Katja Husen, who died in June of this year. "I console myself with the fact that a lot of her remains." The long-time Green Party politician and former Hamburg parliamentarian died at the age of 46 in a racing bike accident.

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